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The Golestan Palace complex is all that remains of Teheranís historical citadel, built at the time of Shah Tahmasb I in the Safavid period. It was reconstructed at the time of Karim Khan Zand and was chosen as the venue of the royal court and residence at the time of the Qajar Dynasty. Nassereddin Shah introduced many modifications in Golestan Palace buildings during his reign. The latest changes in the complex were made during the Pahlavi Dynasty, to adapt the Palace for the coronations of Reza Shah the Great and Mohamed Reza, as well as for state visits like the one of Queen Elizabeth II. For the coronation of 1967 several rooms were refurbished and some restored to a greater splendour, including the Grand Hall.

Two pictures of the Golestan Palace, taken from the gardens, through which the Shah and the Shahbanou proceeded in cortege after their coronation inside the Palace, the 26th October 1967.

The interior of the Golestan Palace is profusely decorated and extremely rich, worth of all imaginable Persian splendour. The most outstanding rooms are those built under Nassereddin Shah, such as this brilliant room.

Upon his return from Europe, after visiting several museums and art galleries, Nassereddin Shah decided to establish similar sites in his Palace. He had exterior building destroyed and new ones built on the northwestern wing of Golestan Palace next to the Ivory Hall. These included the lobby, the Mirror Hall and the Museum Room, later known as the Grand Hall or even Grand Throne Room, ever since the Peacock Throne was moved there and the room begun being used for official and state ceremonies. It was in this room, after the modifications, that took place the Coronation of the Shah and Empress Farah in 1967.

The Peacock Throne in the Grand Hall of the Golestan Palace, the same place in which the Naderi Throne was placed during the Coronation ceremony.

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